Suppository instructions

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Learn how to give your child medication using a suppository. Included are some tips on how to make giving the suppository easier.

Key points

  • Before you take the wrapper off, chill the suppository in the refrigerator or run it under cold water if it is soft.
  • If the suppository does not slide in easily, the tip may be wet with cool water or a water-soluble lubricant.
  • The suppository should be placed 1/2 to 1 inch inside the opening of the rectum.
  • If you need to cut a suppository to give a smaller dose, cut it lengthwise, not across the middle.
Last updated: July 29th 2023